Strawberries can be frozen for up to 12 months making it easy to take advantage of this season’s bounty to enjoy all year until next year’s harvest! Here’s a tip sheet giving step-by-step instructions, to get started you’ll need: Lots of ice water, a large pan, a colander, paring knife, measuring cup, tray, airtight freezer containers, scoop, sugar or syrup.
How To Prepare The Fruit:
- Put berries, fully ripe but firm, in colander and wash a few at a time by placing in a pan of water cooled down with ice to about 40°. Shake gently, lift from water and drain.
- Remove caps with a paring knife by slipping it directly under cap. Be careful not to cut through the center of fruit. Put washed, hulled fruit on a tray covered with clean dish towels or absorbent paper toweling; let drain and cool in refrigerator.
Sugar or Syrup Pack: Strawberries may be frozen with either…
- If sugar is used, allow 1 part sugar to 4 parts strawberries by weight. Sprinkle sugar over berries in a bowl or make 4 alternate layers of sugar and berries. Allow 1/2-inch head space in pints and about an inch in quarts. Seal and freeze.
- For a syrup pack, berries should be placed in containers and covered with a 40% or 50% syrup, leaving head space as specified. You’ll find a Syrup Recipe Chart here.
Ways To Freeze: They may be preserved whole, sliced, crushed, pureed or in juice. Generally the sliced fruit keeps its flavor better than the whole berries.
- To freeze sliced berries prepare as for whole berries and cut in 1/4-inch thick pieces; proceed with sugar step as described. They may be crushed slightly or completely as desired.
- For puree, press washed, hulled berries through a sieve; sweeten, pack and freeze.
- For juice, strain through a jelly bag after crushing berries. Sweeten with 2/3 to 1 cup sugar for each quart of juice or leave unsweetened. Pour into containers, leaving head space, seal and freeze.
Amounts To Freeze: Choose the size package or container that will suit your serving needs. Smaller packages of course freeze and thaw more quickly than the larger ones. Label each package so that you know not only how it was prepared (sugar or syrup pack) but when.
How long can they be frozen? Strawberries stored at 0° F. will keep for a year, so in deciding on the quantity to freeze, keep in mind that this is one food you can freeze to last until next year’s crop is available!
Source: The WorkBasket (1954)